Dancing Girls (book)

Dancing Girls (book)
1st edition cover

Dancing Girls is a collection of short stories by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, originally published in 1977 by McClelland & Stewart,[1] Toronto. It was the winner of the St. Lawrence Award for Fiction and the award of The Periodical Distributors of Canada for Short Fiction.

The collection’s fourteen stories feature ordinary people, including a farmer, a birdwatcher, an author, a mother and a travel agent, and their inevitably biased perceptions of the world.[2]


  • "The War in the Bathroom"
  • "When it Happens"
  • "The Man from Mars"
  • "A Travel Piece"
  • "Polarities"
  • "The Resplendent Quetzal"
  • "Under Glass"
  • "Training"
  • "The Grave of the Famous Poet"
  • "Lives of the Poets"
  • "Dancing Girls"
  • "Hair Jewellery"
  • "Giving Birth"
  • "Rape Fantasies"
  • "Betty"
  • "The Sin Eater"

n.b. the story list varies slightly from edition to edition.


  1. ^ http://www.alibris.com/booksearch.detail?invid=9208643573&browse=1&qwork=1463688&qsort=&page=3
  2. ^ Gillies, Marjorie (Jul. 25, 1987), "Floundering with Fielding in the shallow water", The Ottawa Citizen: C. 4. BOO